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Hon. Ellen Lord Calls for Another Review of Weapon Export Controls

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Hon. Ellen Lord
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Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said she hopes to reassess export controls on some of the country’s weapons systems in the next six months, Defense News reported Thursday.

“I am concerned that sometimes we are losing international competitions, because we have — as we have increased our capability, we have not increased the capabilities that we export in a commensurate fashion,” Lord said Thursday at a Reagan Foundation-hosted event.

“And we sometimes are having some of our potential customers, typically in the Mideast turn to Russia or China — you see the same thing in India, for instance.”

She said at the event that she wants DoD to help strengthen the National Technology and Industrial Base, which includes the U.K., Canada and Australia.